Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA — but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.
NKorea executes leader's uncle as a traitor
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it has executed Kim Jong Un's uncle, calling the leader's former mentor a traitor who tried to seize power and overthrow the state.
Jang Song Thaek had been North Korea's No. 2
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While hereditary leader Kim Jong Un is the unquestioned ruler of North Korea, until last weekend his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was thought to be the country's second-most-powerful figure, widely considered Kim's mentor and regent.
Boehner hits tea party groups as budget vote nears
WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-fatigued U.S. House moved Thursday evening toward passage of legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat.
Family feud: Boehner takes on GOP critics on right
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle roiling the party.